Deputies make return visit to Brownwood home, seize 57 grams of meth; man arrested for second time in six weeks

Steve Nash steve.nash@brownwoodbulletin.com
Deputy Joe Thomas walks through the back yard of the home at 1617 Lane in northwest Brownwood Friday morning.

Standing outside a northwest Brownwood home Friday morning, sheriff’s investigator Scott Bird wryly noted the condition of the home’s front door.

The white metal door at 1617 Lane bears two sets of dents. One set occurred on March 13, when the sheriff’s office’s tactical team including Bird bashed in the door to serve a search and arrest warrant. Deputies seized 100 grams of methamphetamine and arrested John Salazar, 49. 

The other set occurred at 8:50 a.m. Friday — exactly six weeks later — when the tactical team returned to the home to serve a search and arrest warrant. This time, deputies seized 57 grams of methamphetamine and arrested Salazar once again, sheriff’s Capt. Vance Hill said. Deputies also seized cash, Hill said, declining to say how much.

Salazar, who was free on $40,000 bond from the March 13 arrest, was taken to the Brown County Jail after Friday’s raid. He had not been booked into the jail as of Friday afternoon.

Narcotics detective Robert Ramirez conducted the investigation and obtained the search and arrest warrant that led to Friday morning’s raid, Hill said. “Entry was forced into the residence and the defendant was taken into custody without opposition,” Hill said.

Hill declined to reveal details of the investigation that led deputies back to Salazar’s home, but said, “just because we put somebody in jail doesn’t mean we stop investigating them.”

Deputies found the methamphetamine in two locations on the property, Hill said. He would not elaborate.

Deputies remained at the property for about two hours after making the entry, searching inside the home and outside, also looking through vehicles on the property.

Salazar remained in a holding cell as of Friday afternoon awaiting booking, deputy Jim Cornelius said.